Select Committee on Environmental Audit Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 12

Letter from the Lord Chancellor's Department to the Clerk of the Committee

  For your convenience I will deal with each issue that you asked for information about in turn.

WHAT INPUT HAS YOUR DEPARTMENT HAD TO THE UK PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

  The Lord Chancellor's Department is not represented on the MISC18 Ministerial Group on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

  Please set out which UK sustainable development indicators your department has lead responsibility for and which other indicators the department's policies particularly impact upon.

  While the Lord Chancellor's Department does not have lead responsibility for any sustainable development indicators, it supports the work of the Home Office and the Law Officers Departments towards the sustainable development indicator of reducing crime and the fear of crime through its Department objectives:

    —  to provide a fair, swift and effective system of justice; and

    —  to uphold the independence of the judiciary.

    —  The Lord Chancellor's Department's policies also contribute to the indicator of tackling poverty and social exclusion through its Departmental objectives:

    —  to improve people's knowledge and understanding of their rights and responsibilities;

    —  to improve the availability of affordable and good quality legal services;

    —  to make civil and family law clearer and more easily enforceable; and

    —  to improve the lives of children and help build and sustain strong families.

What systems does your department have in place to monitor progress on how far the department's policies are contributing to UK progress on sustainable development and the issues that were mapped out in Agenda 21 after the Rio Earth summit in 1992?

  Performance against Criminal Justice System targets is measured through Home Office collections, which form part of National Statistics. Performance against the objectives that address social exclusion issues has primarily been monitored from internal surveys and other studies undertaken by the Legal Services Research Centre.

February 2002



 
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